馃摉馃憫 Contrasting The Twelve Apostles And Paul

In contrasting the ministry of the twelve apostles with that of the Apostle Paul, we must observe carefully:

路 The twelve were chosen by Christ聽ON EARTH聽(Luke聽6:13) while Paul was later chosen by Christ聽IN HEAVEN聽(Acts 9:3-5; Acts 26:16).

路 Prior to Paul鈥檚 conversion the twelve had known Christ only聽ON EARTH聽(I John 1:1). Even at His ascension to heaven 鈥渁 cloud received Him聽OUT OF THEIR SIGHT鈥 (Acts 1:9). But Paul knew Christ only聽IN HEAVEN, having never seen Him on earth (Acts 26:16; I Cor. 15:8).

The twelve represented their own nation.聽The number twelve has no connection with the 鈥渙ne Body鈥 of Christ. As we know, Jacob of old 鈥渂egat the聽twelve patriarchs鈥 (Acts 7:8). From these sprang the聽twelve tribes聽of Israel. These tribes had聽twelve princes聽over them (Numbers聽1:16). Even when Israel was ruled by kings there were still to be聽twelve princes聽鈥 one over each tribe (I Chronicles 27:22). Thus, as He went forth proclaiming 鈥渢he gospel of the kingdom鈥 our Lord chose聽twelve princes聽for the聽twelve thrones聽in the kingdom to come (Matt.聽19:28).

On the other hand, Paul, as聽one聽apostle, represents the 鈥one聽Body,鈥 the Church of today (Rom. 12:5; I Cor.聽12:13; Eph. 4:4). However, he was both a聽born Hebrew聽and a聽born Roman, so represented believing Jews and Gentiles 鈥渞econciled鈥nto God in one body by the cross鈥︹ (Eph.聽2:16).

路 The twelve were sent to proclaim Christ鈥檚 kingdom鈥渁t hand鈥聽(Matt. 10:7), and later to聽offer聽its establishment on earth (Acts 3:19-26). But Paul was sent to proclaim聽鈥渢he gospel of the grace of God鈥澛(Acts聽20:24), while the kingdom is held in abeyance.

路 The ministry of the twelve was based on聽covenant promises聽(Isaiah 60:1-3; Luke 1:70-79; Acts 3:22-26). Paul鈥檚 ministry was聽not聽based on covenant promises, but wholly on聽the grace of God聽through Christ (Rom. 3:21-28; 5: 20,21; Eph. 1:6,7; 2:7; etc.). source

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Brethren I count it joy whenever I read a passage and find out how God loved us before even the world was, in the ministry of Jesus Christ of Nazareth while on Earth with the twelve it’s very clear that God had sent him to fulfill the sayings of the prophets meaning that isreal as a Nation was choosen by God on behalf of us all over the world, however it’s imperative to note that though Jesus Christ of Nazareth came the law of Moses still prevailed among the tribes of Israel and the gospel of John the Baptist made… Read more »

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